National Book Awards Festival Monday

The National Book Awards Festival is getting underway in Huntsville today. National Book Awards Festival coordinator, Dr. Amanda Nowlin-O’Banion, tells us more . . . .

The main stage event is tonight at six with reading and discussion with guest authors Lisa Ko, Danez Smith and Jason Reynolds at the Gaertner Performing Arts Center. For a more complete schedule of activities and free tickets for tonight’s event, go online to SHSU.EDU/NBA.

Commissioners’ Court Meets

Walker County Commissioners will hold a special session this afternoon at two in the courthouse.

County Purchasing Agent Mike Williford will discuss taking action on awarding Best Value procurement of a used backhoe for Road and Bridge Precinct #3.

Planning & Development Director Andy Isbell will talk about possible action on an HGAC Solid Waste Grant Application.

Commissioner White will discuss specifications for cattle guards on County roads.

Commissioner Henry will look at going out for a bid for an asphalt spreader not to exceed $50,000 to be paid one-half from Precinct #4 and one-half loaned from contingency.

Judge Pierce will discuss a draft order for the County Retirement Health Trust Fund.

Commissioners will discuss taking action on the status of the EMS Director.

They will have a workshop to discuss creation of a County Improvement District.

Pond & Lake Workshop #1

Texas AgriLife County Extension Agent Reggie Lepley informs us that Pond & Lake Workshop #1, the first in a two-part workshop series will be held April 17th. Participants may attend one or both workshops.  Topics for this session will cover Water Management for new or newly refurbished ponds & lakes, fish selection and stocking, plus additional management needs during this time of year. Cost per participant is $10.00. Two hours of TDA CEU applicator credit will be available. If you have specific pond problems, bring your questions to the workshop.

Additional program information can be obtained from the Walker County Texas AgriLife Extension office at (936) 435-2426   or  r-lepley@tamu.edu .

National Book Awards Festival

The National Book Awards Festival gets underway on Monday, April 16th at SHSU. There will be a craft talk with author Lisa Ko at 10 AM in Evans 212 where she’ll talk about her process. At 3:30, Danez Smith will do a craft talk on poetry and his process.

Coordinator for the National Book Awards Festival, Dr. Amanda Nowlin-O-Banion, tells us more . . . .

Go online at SHSU.EDU/NBA to get a free ticket for the main stage event on Monday night.

Lions Club Eyeglasses Recycling Saturday

The Huntsville Lions Club will conduct a city-wide eyeglasses recycling day on Saturday, April 14th from 10 am to 2 pm.

The club will have a table located at Brookshire Brothers on 11th Street for members of the community to drop prescription eyeglasses, prescription sunglasses and readers for recycling.

Local businesses are encouraged to participate by recycling glasses that might be in their lost and found items.  Representatives will be going around to various businesses on April 14th to pick up glasses for recycling.

For more information, call (936) 662-1918 or contact the Huntsville Lions Club on Facebook.

Mike Pompeo Questioned In Senate Confirmation Hearing

Thursday, current CIA Director Mike Pompeo answered questions during his senate confirmation hearing for Secretary of State under the Trump administration . . . .

He was questioned on everything from a ground invasion of North Korea to Russia’s meddling in the U-S elections. From, if he thinks Robert Mueller’s investigation of the president is a witch hunt, to his private conversations with president Trump. Pompeo appeared very supportive of the president.

Sales Tax Holiday For Emergency Supplies, April 28-30

With the potential for severe weather approaching this spring, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds Texans they can purchase certain items tax-free during the state’s sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies, from April 28 to April 30.

Hegar said, “This tax holiday allows people to save money while ensuring they have the supplies they need before an emergency situation occurs.”

There’s no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase. These include:

  • batteries, fuel containers and flashlights priced at less than $75;
  • hurricane shutters and emergency ladders priced at less than $300; and
  • portable generators priced at less than $3,000.

Purchases that do not qualify include:

  • batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles;
  • camping stoves and camping supplies;
  • chainsaws;
  • plywood;
  • extension ladders and stepladders; and
  • tents.

 A list of emergency preparation supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the Comptroller’s website.

The Comptroller’s office estimates shoppers will save more than $1.5 million in state and local sales taxes during the tax holiday, which was approved by lawmakers during the 2015 Texas Legislature.